Becherovka herbal liqueur was created in 1807 at Karlovy
Vary (Carlsbad) in the present day Czech Republic. Becherovka is renown as
having good medicinal properties with regard to stomach ailments. This
delicious and unusual drink is ideal as the main ingredient in cocktails. Its
well balanced unforgettable taste can also be appreciated when served neat,
especially well chilled.
There's nothing new about Becherovka —and that's its
great value. Since way back in 1807, the recipe has remained steadfast and
true, continuing to define many late nights for locals and tourists alike in
the Czech Republic and beyond. Becherovka is part of the bitters family, yet
this herbal liqueur avoids the medicinal flavors most tend to put forward;
instead, cloves and cinnamon tingle atop the tongue with every sip. It's light,
but complex and one of the easiest digestifs to sip casually. Produced in Karlovy
Vary (western Bohemia, Czech Republic), the tipple's 32 herbs and spices are
mostly are grown around the area—but only two people know the precise,
historical recipe. (Creator Josef Vitus Becher, often cited as both a spice
trader and a pharmacist, experimented with the production of bitters and other
alcohol and ultimately Becherovka was born.) Still rare in many parts of the
world, it's worth tracking down for its balanced bitters blend.
Becherovka is traditionally consumed chilled and neat,
but adding it to tonic water creates an equally popular drink, called the
Beton. Much the same way gin interacts with tonic, the floral and herbal
elements are brought to life. At 38% abv, it's also less potent, making it a
perfect late-night complement.